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Dog Days of Summer: Cool Ways to Beat the Heat!

Northwest Arkansas is known for having four beautiful seasons, from crisp autumns and chilly winters to warm, sunny springs – and even warmer summers. When August rolls around and the temps go up, try some of these great ways to cool down and make the most of the final days of summer!

  1. COOL EATS

    Pure Joy Ice Cream

Pure Joy Ice Cream
This Siloam Springs-based ice cream company centers all of its recipes around locally sourced ingredients to create seriously flavorful scoops! In addition to its brick-and mortar-shop in Siloam Springs, Pure Joy is served at local grocers and has mini bars at Fork and Crust Pie Company in Fayetteville and Rogers. Name a better summer duo than ice cream and pie!

 

Burton’s Comfort Creamery
This ice cream joint originated on four wheels as a food truck in the Shulertown Food Truck Court in downtown Fayetteville. Burton’s has recently opened up a new storefront in Uptown Fayetteville with a menu of 14 signature cones plus shakes and ice cream sammies, too. Nationally recognized by MSN.com as the Best Ice Cream Stand in the State and Best Food Truck by Taste of Home, you won’t be able to resist Instagramming your cone!

 

Spark Café

Spark Café and Soda Fountain
This old-fashioned soda shop in The Walmart Museum on the historic Bentonviille square will take you back to the good ole days! With ice cream, sweet treats and beverages, the Spark serves Yarnell’s, a family brand made in Searcy, Arkansas. Treat yourself!

 

  1. SPLASH ZONES

Northwest Arkansas offers top-notch aquatic centers and pools where the kids can splash and play, while you relax and catch some rays. Check out this handy list of some of the best places to swim, splash or get in touch with nature.

 

Lawrence Plaza Splash Pad

Also check out our Naturally Fun blog for a rundown of nearby lakes and rivers!

 

  1. Skylight Cinema

    MOVIE DAYS

Kick back in the air conditioning for an afternoon at a variety of new and renovated movie theaters throughout NWA. Three in particular have completed upgrades or recently opened brand new locations. Malco Razorback Cinema & IMAX in Fayetteville features expanded concessions, a bar area, reclining seats and a new IMAX theater that delivers cutting-edge 2D and 3D immersive viewing.
Bentonville’s new-ish Skylight Cinema touts reclining leather seats and full table service from The Cutting Room restaurant and bar. While AMC Fiesta Square in Fayetteville has recently added a new craft bar where you can enjoy a cocktail or mocktail before shows.
After the sun goes down, check out the region’s only drive-in theater, the 112 Drive-In, playing new releases as well as classics during popular throwback weekends.

 

  1. EXPLORE COOL CAVES & CAVERNS

Cosmic Cavern

Tour the deep underground wonders of Northwest Arkansas in natural settings that stay at a perpetual 52 or so degrees no matter how hot it is outside!
Cosmic Cavern in Berryville has one of the longest soda straw formations in the Ozarks, along with two bottomless lakes, stalactites, stalagmites and many other speleothems. Take a one-and-a-half hour guided tour, then pan for gems and explore the rock shop.
War Eagle Cavern in Rogers features a spectacular natural entrance on the shores of Beaver lake. Follow a meandering stream straight into the mountain for an easy guided tour with wide level pathways, unique formations, waterfalls and an underground lake. Don’t miss the gemstone panning and the Lost in the Woods maze. Bring your furry companions along, too, because this cave is pet-friendly!

 

  1. MUSEUM DAY: DISCOVER COOL ART, SCIENCE & HISTORY

Northwest Arkansas is home to rich collections of art and an even richer history spanning many cultures and time periods. Explore our museums to discover world-class art and interactive exhibitions, landmarks that highlight the natural beauty of the Ozarks, and artifacts that are a testament to our intriguing past!
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum

Bentonville’s world-class museum brings together the best of art, nature and architecture for visitors of all ages to enjoy! The 120-acre setting offers more than four miles of trails with inspiring architectural works by Frank Lloyd Wright, R. Buckminster Fuller and others. Inside, Crystal Bridges houses a permanent collection of American masterworks from colonial times to present, as well as a year-round rotating schedule of special temporary exhibitions. General admission is free.
Scott Family Amazeum
The Amazeum is a hands-on, interactive museum for children and families with a foundation in the arts and sciences. It encourages creativity and curiosity through exhibitions, educational collaborations, programs, workshops and camps. Experiences include a climbable tree canopy, indoor cave, tinkering hub and nearly one acre of outdoor space.  
The Walmart Museum

Scott Family Amazeum

The story of Walmart comes alive at The Walmart Museum housed in the original Walton’s 5&10 store on the Bentonville square. Visitors can experience a piece of the Walton family history in a real, functional storefront along with a replica of Sam Walton’s offices, his trusty old Ford pickup and other memorabilia.
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
This regional history museum in Springdale focuses on the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks, taking its name from the pioneer community of Shiloh, which became Springdale in the 1870s. Most of what you’ll see highlights the real shapers of Ozarks history – the everyday men, women and children who lived in area towns and rural communities. Along with exhibits, you can explore six historic buildings on the museum’s grounds. 
Arkansas Air & Military Museum

Arkansas Air & Military Museum

Follow the colorful history of aviation in Arkansas and during American military conflicts. At this Fayetteville museum, see displays of original military artifacts and aviation memorabilia, including historic aircraft – many of which still fly. Static displays at the museum range from the Golden Age of Aviation to the jet age, including Vietnam-era Army helicopters and a Navy carrier fighter.
Siloam Springs Museum
This museum displays permanent exhibits that highlight many facets of the city’s history including Native American culture, pioneer life and medicine. 
Daisy Airgun Museum
Enjoy a chronological presentation of Daisy’s history and view the extensive collection of antique air guns, packaging and vintage advertisements at this museum in Rogers.

Artifacts at MONAH

Clinton House Museum
Located in Fayetteville, this museum was the first home of Bill and Hillary Clinton and offers memorabilia chronicling their political lives on the local and national stage. Also featuring the First Ladies Garden and items related to Arkansas history and politics.
Museum of Native American History (MONAH)
Take a 14,000-year journey through five different periods of Native American history laid out in chronological order, starting with the first Americans through the early European influence. View some of the finest artifacts of early man including brilliant headdresses, artistic effigy vessels, the famous Sweetwater Biface, and an Ice Age Wooly Mammoth. Located in Bentonville.
Eureka Springs Historical Museum

Eureka Springs Historical Museum

Built in 1889 and located in the heart of the Eureka Springs historic district, this museum highlights the colorful past of this unique town and the people who lived here through a fascinating collection of papers, photographs, mementos, official documents, home furnishings and other artifacts.
Saunders Memorial Museum
The early 1900’s home of Colonel C. Burton “Buck” Saunders in Berryville houses an extensive collection of some of the rarest firearms in the country. Pistols carried by the most infamous gunslingers, including Jesse James and Annie Oakley, as well as items memorializing America’s rich and rugged past can be found on display here. 

Fourth of July Fireworks Celebrations in NWA

Fireworks at the Walmart AMP

No matter where you are in Northwest Arkansas this 4th of July holiday, there is sure to be something festive happening nearby! Whether you like to spend your time attending a community gathering or watching a fireworks display with friends and family, don’t miss these Independence Day celebrations throughout the four-county NWA region!

 
BENTON COUNTY

 

An Evening at Orchards Park | Bentonville
Date: Wednesday, July 4 / Time: Music at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Location: Orchards Park
Main events: Fireworks display, live music by Funk Factory and Arkansas Winds Orchestra
For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.
 
 

City of Bella Vista Fireworks

Bella Vista Independence Blues Festival
Date: Tuesday, July 3 / Time: Music at 5 p.m., fireworks at dark 
Location: Loch Lomond Dam
Main events: Fireworks show, live music by The Cate Brothers Band and The Downtown Livewires
For more information, see the event page on Facebook.
 
Fireworks at the Crosses | Rogers
Date: Sunday, July 1 / Time: 5 p.m., fireworks at dark
Location: Cross Church at Pinnacle Hills
Main events: Fireworks show, live music and food vendors
For more information, visit crosschurch.com.

 

SoNA Performs at the AMP

 
An American Salute with Fireworks and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas | Rogers
Date: Wednesday, July 4 / Time: Gates open at 6 p.m. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at dark
Location: Walmart AMP
Main events: Fireworks display featuring a performance by Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA)
Time: Gates open at 6 p.m. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at dark
Tickets: General Admission/Lawn: $3, Covered seats: $10-13
For more information, visit waltonartscenter.org/AMP.

 

Fire in the Sky | Siloam Springs
Date: Wednesday, July 4 / Time: Lot opens at 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at around 9:15 p.m.
Location: Siloam Springs Municipal Airport
Main events: Fireworks show, live DJ, parachutists, concessions, inflatables
For more information, visit discoversiloam.com.
 

 

Gentry Freedom Fest

Gentry Freedom Fest
Date: Wednesday, July 4 / Time: Car show + other activities start at 12 noon, fireworks begin at dark
Location: Gentry City Park
Main events: Fireworks display, petting zoo, Kids Zone, car show, live entertainment by Mark Shields & Good Company, River’s Edge Band, Back Road Story, John King
For more information, visit gentrychamber.com.
 
Fourth Fest | Centerton
Date: Wednesday, July 4 / Time: 7 p.m., fireworks begin at dark
Location: First Baptist Church in Centerton
Main events: Fireworks display, inflatables and kid’s activities, games and music
For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.
 
Eden’s Bluff Fireworks | Lowell
Date: Wednesday, July 4 / Time: Fireworks begin at dark
Location: Eden’s Bluff, Beaver Lake
Main events: Fireworks show
For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

 

Ventris Trail’s End on Beaver Lake

Ventris Trail’s End Fireworks | Garfield
Date: Wednesday, July 4 / Time: Fireworks begin at dark (around 9 p.m.)
Location: Ventris Trail’s End Resort, Beaver Lake 
Main events: Fireworks show choreographed to music. The best view is from on a boat from Beaver Lake.
For more information, visit beaverlakeresorts.com.

 

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY

 

Rodeo of the Ozarks

Rodeo of the Ozarks with Fireworks | Springdale
Date: Saturday, June 30 / Time: Gates at 6 p.m., the rodeo starts at 7:00 p.m., fireworks after the rodeo at around 9 p.m.
Location: Parsons Stadium
Main events: Fireworks after the last night of the 74th Annual Rodeo of the Ozarks
For more information, visit rodeooftheozarks.org.
 
 
City of Farmington Fireworks Display
Date: Saturday, June 30 / Time: Fireworks begin at dark (about 9 p.m.)
Location: Farmington High School Football Stadium
Main events: Fireworks show
For more information, visit the city of Farmington’s Facebook page.

 

4th at the Field, Arvest Ballpark

Arvest Ballpark Fireworks Spectacular & 4th at the Field | Springdale
Dates: Monday, July 2, Tuesday, July 3 & Wednesday, July 4 / Time: First pitch 6:30 p.m., and fireworks after each game
Location: Arvest Ballpark
Main events: Exhibition baseball matchups followed by fireworks
For more information, visit milb.com.
 
 
Fireworks at Mount Comfort | Fayetteville
Date: Wednesday, July 4 / Time: Fireworks begin at dark
Location: Mount Comfort Church of Christ
Main events: Fireworks display and refreshments
For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.
 
Elkins Fireworks Display
Date: Friday, June 29 / Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Bunch Park
Main events: Fireworks display, concessions
For more information, visit the city of Elkins’ website.
 

Prairie Grove Aquatic Center

Celebrate Prairie Grove
Date: Saturday, June 30 / Time: 7 p.m., fireworks at dusk
Location: Rieff Park, Prairie Grove
Main events: Fireworks display, slip-n-slide and swimming at Prairie Grove aquatic park, and an obstacle course
For more information, visit the City of Prairie Grove’s Facebook page.

 

 

CARROLL COUNTY
 
4th of July Pool Potluck | Holiday Island
Date: Wednesday, July 4th / Time: 12 noon – 4 pm
Location: Holiday Island Recreation Center
Main events: Potluck style lunch and swimming
For more information, visit holidayisland.us.
 

 

Lady Liberty in Eureka Springs

Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade | Eureka Springs
Date: Wednesday, July 4th / Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Downtown Eureka Springs
Main events: Old fashioned parade with floats, street performers and belly dancers
For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.
 
 
Fire on the Mountain | Berryville
Date: Wednesday, July 4th / Time: Dusk
Location: Saunders Heights Overlook
Main events: Fireworks show, patriotic music simulcast on KTHS 107.1 FM
For more information, visit berryvillechamber.com.
 
MADISON COUNTY
 
City of Hunstville Fireworks Display
Date: Wednesday, July 4th / Time: Dusk
Location: Mitchusson Park
Main events: Fireworks show
For more information, visit huntsvillear.org.
 

 

Have a happy and safe holiday, everyone!

 

The Walmart LPGA Championship Returns!

The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship sees the world’s top female pro golfers competing during a week of fun activities and events, including the 5K @ the LPGA, Junior Golf, and the hugely popular culinary festival BITE NW Arkansas!

 

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In its 12th year, the 2018 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G returns to Pinnacle Hills Country Club in Rogers on June 18-24.
This official LPGA tournament brings more than 140 of the world’s top professional female golfers to the region for three days of competitive play on June 22-24. Contenders will compete for the grand-prize $2 million purse.

 

5K @ the LPGA

Though the tournament is at the heart of Championship Week, the entire community will enjoy the special events. In addition the 5K @ the LPGA on June 23, Junior Golf on June 19, there is Yoga on the Green on June 24 and Yoga for Girls on June 19. 
 
Also in conjunction with Championship Week, the signature BITE NW Arkansas culinary festival takes place on June 20-22. Held at the 8th Street Market in Bentonville, BITE showcases the best of local cuisine and regional chef talent and offers a delicious variety of refreshing libations. New this year, a third night has been added to the festival with unique, exciting flavors inspired by Walmart’s international reach. Get your tickets now because this festival will sell out! 
 
Other Championship Week favorites include the Pantene Beautiful Lengths community hair donation ceremony, the Sam’s Club Kid’s Center, a lively gathering on the 17th hole for Gatorade’s Loudest Hole on Tour, and the Hallmark Autograph Alley.

Shake Hands with a Pro

 
There is also the Play with the Pros pro-am experience with an opportunity to play a round of golf with an LPGA tour professional. Four-player teams and individual playing spots are available.
 
The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship has something fun for all ages, so don’t miss the excitement and get your tickets now at nwachampionship.com.

Naturally Fun: State Parks, Lakes and Rivers

A retreat to any of our state and national park properties or sparking lakes and rivers makes for the perfect summer getaway! Hiking, biking, camping, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding — whatever your pleasure — these naturally fun destinations provide the best that mother nature has to offer!

 

STATE & NATIONAL PARKS:

Devil’s Den State Park

Devil’s Den State Park, Washington County: Touting 2,500 unspoiled acres adjoining the Ozark National Forest, Devil’s Den is a favorite for camping, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area, Benton, Madison and Carroll Counties: This massive park with more than 12,000 acres has 35 miles of hiking trails that include ADA routes, a 17,500-square-foot visitor center with interactive exhibits and a wildlife viewing area.

 

Withrow Springs State Park

Withrow Springs State Park, Madison County: Hiking trails offer views of and access to War Eagle Creek, where fishing for catfish, bream and bass is popular. Canoeing is another prized pastime, and shuttle service for canoe rentals is also available.
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Washington County: The site of the last major Civil War battle in Northwest Arkansas (Dec. 7, 1862), this park has a museum, visitor center, the one-mile Battlefield Trail and a five-mile driving tour. 
Pea Ridge National Military Park, Benton County: Protecting the site of the Battle of Pea Ridge (March 7-8, 1862), this park has one of the best-preserved Civil War battlefields in the country. Spanning 4,300 acres, it includes a visitor center and museum, a driving tour and about 2.5 miles of the Trail of Tears. 

 

Beaver Lake

LAKES
Beaver Lake, Benton, Carroll and Washington Counties: A glistening treasure for boaters, water sports enthusiasts, anglers, hikers, campers and birdwatchers, Beaver Lake is NWA’s largest lake with key access points in or near Rogers, Eureka Springs and Springdale. There are 28,000 acres of clear water surrounded by beautiful forests, bluffs and meadows. Campgrounds, resorts, marinas, restaurants and outfitters are available.
Lake Wedington, Washington County: Surrounded by lavish hardwood forest and the 424-acre Lake Wedington Recreation Area, this 102-acre lake is regularly stocked with fish. Amenities include a swim beach, air-conditioned cabins, playgrounds, volleyball courts, trails, a boat ramp and horseshoes.

 

Tanyard Creek Nature Trail, Bella Vista

Bella Vista Lakes, Benton County: Bella Vista offers seven stunning lakes for fishing and water sports. Use of the lakes and facilities is available to all Bella Vista Village property owners and their guests.
 
White River, Carroll, Madison and Washington Counties: The White River is home to a string of pools and shoals with overhanging trees, tight turns, and gravel bottoms among bluffs, forests and peaceful pastures. Below Beaver Dam, near Eureka Springs, the White is a prime cold-water trout fishery with numerous guides and outfitters to serve tourists.
 
Kings River, Carroll and Madison Counties: A top pick for canoeists and kayakers, the Kings River provides about 50 miles of easy floating water. Rare flora and fauna are found on its rocky banks and bluffs, and deep pools provide first-rate fishing for smallmouth bass, channel catfish, rock bass and other fish.

Siloam Springs Kayak Park

 
Illinois River, Benton and Washington Counties: This spring-fed, scenic-designated river starts in the northwest corner of Arkansas near the town of Hogeye and streams into northeast Oklahoma. Near Siloam Springs, the Siloam Springs Kayak Park has made the Illinois a popular Class II play spot for kayakers year-round. Canoe and kayak outfitters, campsites, hiking and horseback riding trails and cabin rentals are available.
 
Holiday Island Marina & Campground, Carroll County: Nestled amidst glorious trees and brilliant rock formations, the Holiday Island campground overlooks the impressive Table Rock Lake straddling the Arkansas/Missouri border. It hosts 31 campsites with full water, sewer and electric hookups offering both 30 and 50 amp services, restrooms, showers, a pavilion and horseshoe pits.

Watch for This: Coming Soon in Fall 2018

When the temperatures get cooler and the leaves start to change, that means a new season of fun is making its way to the region. Don’t miss these annual signature events coming to Northwest Arkansas this fall!

 

Bikes, Blues and BBQ (Image by Beth Hall)

BIKES, BLUES & BBQ
Come autumn, thousands of motorcyclists from across the country roll into Northwest Arkansas for the largest charitable rally of its kind in the nation! Over the past 18 years, Bikes, Blues & BBQ has raised more than $2 million for local charities, and the festivities get bigger and better every year. This year’s rally is Sept. 26-29 with live concerts on multiple stages, poker runs, hundreds of vendor booths, award-winning BBQ and much more – it’s an epic week you won’t want to miss!

 

War Eagle Mill During Craft Fair Season

FALL ARTS & CRAFT FAIRS
Northwest Arkansas has long held a rich arts and maker culture, and every October we are home to some of the premier arts and crafts fairs in the country! Stroll through thousands of booths with contemporary, juried, country-styled, vintage, holiday-themed, indie items and more. Fall craft fairs are held region-wide offering wares for every taste, style and budget. Click here for more info. 

 

Woo Pig Sooie! Hogs Fans at the U of A Campus

ARKANSAS RAZORBACK FOOTBALL
Sports fans come from all over the state and beyond for Razorback football at the beautiful University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. Donald W. Reynolds Stadium, the home of the Hogs, will debut a $160 million dollar renovation on Sept. 1, 2018, during the first home football game. New amenities include wide premium club seats, 20 field-level lodge boxes, 44 second-level covered lodge boxes, 38 new suites and a standing area. New head coach Chad Morris will be leading the Razorbacks on the field for his first season at Arkansas. For schedule and ticket information, click here.

PUBLIC ART IN NWA: REVIVING THE ORDINARY!

Northwest Arkansas is on the verge of something big as a new urban street art movement takes hold in cities across the region! Outdoor murals, art on storm drains, utility boxes and overpasses, and giant art installations in unexpected places are transforming the day-to-day experience in our distinctive cities into something vibrant, adventurous and new.

From Fayetteville north to Bentonville, west to Siloam Springs and east to Eureka Springs and everywhere in between, new public art initiatives are giving Northwest Arkansas cities a breath of fresh air, solidifying a sense of place, and creating a year-round draw for locals, day visitors and vacationing tourists alike. There’s lots to love about public art, plus it’s free and open to everyone! So, let’s journey through the Northwest Arkansas region and look at some of the evocative examples of public art that you and your friends and family won’t want to miss!

FAYETTEVILLE

The city of Fayetteville dove head first into the public art scene this summer with its Green Candy Art Action initiative. Already known as an arts incubator city, Fayetteville partnered with global creative house JUSTKIDS to recruit artists to create a collection of street art that would engage the community and initiate conversations about waste and sustainability. A few of the new awe-inspiring Green Candy public artworks include:

Green Candy Art Action in Fayetteville

  • Eclipse, a mural by Argentinian artist Marina Zumi, at Hog Haus Brewery, on West Avenue just off Dickson Street
  • Bear-ly Legal, a mural by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic, just off the historic downtown square, on the corner of East Avenue and Mountain Street
  • Deer, Half Deer, a multimedia sculpture by Portugal-based artist Bordalo, at the historic Walker-Stone House, on Center Street
  • Fayetteberry, an oversized crochet piece by Eureka Springs artist Gina Gallina at the entrance of the Experience Fayetteville office on the downtown square
  • Fresh Air, a mural by Fayetteville artist Jason Jones, just off Center Street, along the Razorback Regional Greenway bike and walking trail

 

“Enjoy Local” & “Shop Local” murals by Jason Jones

Jones, who created Fresh Air, has also demonstrated his passion for this vibrant college town, home to the University of Arkansas, with well-known outdoor murals at two other key locations: Enjoy Local at the Fayetteville Town Center on the downtown square, and Shop Local, adjacent to Vintage Violet Boutique on Archibald Yell Boulevard.

To the east of the square, on College Avenue at the corner of Center Street, The Owl by Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz towers nearly 50 feet high. Created as part of The Unexpected, a street art initiative based in Fort Smith, this mural was also curated by the JUSTKIDS team.

Pigshibition, a community art project founded by the Ozark Literacy Council and the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission, truly captures the team spirt for the Arkansas Razorbacks that thrives in Fayetteville. Pigshibition is comprised of 25 six-foot-tall, painted pig statutes located around the city, each styled by a local artist with a theme of their choice. You can find these funky pigs all around town outside restaurants, on the downtown square, in front of the Clinton House Museum and other places.

Mural on the Tsa La Gi Trail by Stacy Bates

Take the Razorback Regional Greenway to the Tsa La Gi Trail in south Fayetteville to find the overpass mural Holding On and Letting Go: The Struggles and Strength of the Tsa La Gi. City officialssaw the blank slate of the overpass as a canvas and wanted to fill the space with a piece that would represent the journey of the Cherokee people along the nearby Trail of Tears. Proposals were accepted and local artist Stacy Bates was ultimately chosen. The Tsa La Gi Trail marks the site of a forced relocation route where in 1839 a group of Cherokee people formed a detachment camp. The trail is named in remembrance of the tribe.

Of course, don’t miss the variety of public art pieces including beautiful bronze sculptures, fountains and more that are peppered throughout the University of Arkansas campus. One highlight of the collection is Courage to Lead, a bronze sculpture by Native American artist Denny Haskew.

A thriving new neighborhood in northwest Fayetteville is also quickly garnering the attention of art lovers with its award-winning urban design and unique community atmosphere… Uptown Fayetteville as the area is now known features striking public art created by a diverse set of artists, including Uptown Quilt, a mural by local artist and sign painter Olivia Trimble. Trimble’s The Quilt Square Project symbolizes hard work and comfort, and includes an installation in the neighboring city of Springdale.

BENTONVILLE

As you arrive in the cultural haven that is the city of Bentonville, home to the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, it is nearly impossible to miss Big Blue, a giant mural of a big blue octopus painted on the side of the Rapid Prototypes building on Walton Boulevard. Artist Jason Jones applied his immense talent and vision to the concrete walls of this local business, creating a sense of whimsy and surprise that has fast become a local favorite.

“Sunkissed”, “Monarch and Dandelions” & “Big Blue”

Sunkissed by Nathan Pierce is a funky, geometric sculpture on the North Bentonville Trail. Located at the Y of a trail’s intersection, the bright bursting lines of Pierce’s sculpture emulate spokes rolling along intersecting trails, and make a vibrant splash clearly visible from North Walton Avenue. This sculpture acts as a striking landmark for users of the North Trail System.  

Located at Memorial Park, Monarch & Dandelion is an upcycled sculpture produced by Denver-based artist and Arkansas native Amanda Willshire. The piece was built using repurposed bike parts. Old bike wheels seem to make up the perfect geometry of a dandelion, on which a butterfly etched in bike spokes is perched. This piece underscores that the possibilities of repurposing old materials are endless!

 

Trail Installations at Crystal Bridges Museum

Bentonville’s Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is not only home to a collection of American art masterworks, but also to a system of trails that are a sanctuary of art and nature. Dotting the Crystal Bridges trails are nearly two-dozen outdoor public art installations that ignite the imagination and tempt visitors to find more.

Some of the most prominent include artist Leo Villareal’s Buckyball, an aluminum sculpture that becomes illuminated with colorful LED lights at dusk, which can be seen upon entering the museum grounds. Three People on Four Benches by George Segal is a sculpture composed of three bronze figures sitting upon aluminum benches, located on the Art Trail near the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright house. The newest additions include R. Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome, a huge geodesic Fiberglass-reinforced polyester structure inspired by a fly’s eye located on the museum’s north lawn; and Fiori Boat by artist Dale Chihuly, an installation of many small and wildly colorful glass sculptures located on the North Forest Trail – part of a larger exhibition, Chihuly: In the Forest, which showcases the master artist’s glass and neon works. Fiori Boat will remain on the museum grounds once the Chihuly exhibition closes on Nov. 27.

Open from sunrise to sunset, the Crystal Bridges trails are gorgeous, and free for the public to explore!

SILOAM SPRINGS

The peaceful quality of life in Siloam Springs is undeniable with one short walk around the city’s beautiful historic downtown area. 

Siloam Springs Animal Paintings by Jason Jones

Artist Jason Jones, in conjunction with the 2016 Homegrown Festival, painted a series of animal murals that take meaning from the city’s harmonic connection to nature. The Sager Creek Animal Series includes paintings of an Otter, a Blue Herron, and Doug the Deer that are relatively small, placed around the downtown area in places that are a little off the beaten path. One may have to really look to find them, much like you would look for the real animals that make their homes around Sager Creek and downtown.

One painting in the series has a truly special meaning to the people of Siloam. Last year, a tame deer began approaching trail users along the Dogwood Springs Trail system near the John Brown University campus, just as a dog might, so he was affectionately nicknamed Doug the Deer by the runners and cyclists who encountered him. Unfortunately, state game officials felt that the deer could become a threat, so he was removed. Jones included a painting of Doug in the series in his honor, so that he would remain a part of the community. You can find the Doug the Dear mural on the side of the Ability Tree building on Maxwell and East Main Street.

“Librarrows” (left) and “Springs” (right)

Also in Siloam Springs, free “little libraries” that double as eye-catching, arrow-inspired geometric art installations called Librarrows have been designed by Dayton Castleman, a local artist and curator at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville. Installed recently, Librarrows are located in Twin Springs Park and in City Park, strategically placed so that people can grab a book and stay and read if desired.

Springs is a sculpture installation by Joel Armstrong, an artist and professor at John Brown University, which as you might have guessed, is aptly named in celebration of the many natural springs found in Siloam. The design of the sculpture represents summer storms sending rushing water flowing through natural rocks. It’s located on the grounds of the Arvest Bank building at University and Mount Olive Street.

The Postcard Mural was the first public art mural that Main Street Siloam Springs commissioned. Painted by Kirk Demarais, the mural has the nostalgic design of a vintage postcard and can be found at Broadway and East Main Street. Head over and snap a photo!

Vintage Post Card Mural in Siloam Springs

ROGERS

When visiting the city of Rogers, you get to experience the best of small town charm along with fresh, new public art. There’s artworks to be discovered along the streets downtown, from historic sites to well-worn bike trails and everywhere in between. Here are some of the popular works of street art to check out while in town:

Bold Street Art in Rogers

  • The Bleu Girl, a mural by artist William Wallace, can be found on the west side of Urban Bleu Salon at 113 W. Elm St.
  • Boldly painted wood panels by artist Steve Adair are located on the west side of the old Benchmark Building/old Elks Lodge that currently houses a makerspace called the Rogers Experimental House
  • A retro Coca Cola Mural lives on the east side of the Avenue Design Building at Second Street and Walnut Avenue
  • Sunburst, a mural on the north side of the historic Opera House at First and Walnut streets was painted by Missy Kaza
  • A custom mural now resides on the side of the rail car at The Railyard Bike Park. World-renowned artist Lucas Aoki completed the mural just in time for the International Mountain Biking Association World Summit that held events at the park in the fall of 2016
  • A mural of a cruiser bicycle toting a basket of flowers is located on the south side of the peach-colored building at Walnut and Arkansas streets

Public art doesn’t have to be only one-dimensional! We have seen multi-dimensional pieces in other cities, and that doesn’t stop in Rogers. A quirky metal installation lives in a tree downtown called Lightning Bugs. The artist, Tom Flynn, uses found metal objects to create his original pieces. This installation is located on First Street near Parkside Public restaurant and is made of old argon and CO2 containers along with salvaged fragments of reinforcing bar.

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Colorful Public Art in Springdale

NWA artist Olivia Trimble makes her mark in Springdale with her personal art initiative The Quilt Square Project. Trimble researches traditional Ozark quilt patterns, adds a contemporary color palette, and paints it onto an 8-foot by 8-foot square. You can find one of these art installations on the Shiloh Meeting Hall grounds off Huntsville Avenue near downtown.

A five-story-tall mural of a Monarch butterfly graces the Springdale Municipal Airport’s control tower as part of the Migrating Mural Project. Founded by Ink Dwell art studio in 2012, the project aims to beautify local environments while driving education toward conservation efforts to help certain species and ecosystems that are currently under threat.

EUREKA SPRINGS

You won’t have to look hard in Eureka Springs to find art. The city has been an arts village and cultural destination since the turn of the century, and once you’ve entered this quaint, craft haven, you’re immersed in it! There are more than 150 public art pieces peppered throughout the city, which is home to more than 400 talented working artists.

Juxtaposed against the city’s historic Victorian architecture is an assortment of public art works, including these quirky, original installations:

Public Art in Eureka Springs

  • Humpty Dumpty, a sculpture that watches passersby from a terrace on Main Street
  • The mystical sculpture The Goddess that overlooks Basin Park in the heart of downtown
  • The Up, a painted staircase on North Main Street just beneath the sky deck at DeVito’s restaurant
  • Experience all four seasons in the same moment in time with the Four Seasons – enormous mobiles made of powder-coated steel and copper that are suspended from the trees in Basin Park. This installation was created as part of the city’s annual May Festival of the Arts, a month-long celebration with more than 75 art showings, performances and events.
  • The Archer, a sculpture you can’t miss on the upper loop of Spring Street near the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel
  • The Louis Freund Mural, painted on the outside of the Eureka Springs Historical Museum

Eureka Springs is also home to the only music sculpture park of its kind in the United States. Located at the North Main parking lot and city park, Music Park gives visitors an interactive sound sculpture experience in a natural Ozark acoustical setting. Visitors create music with a 20-foot chime arbor, percussion sculptures paying homage to Stonehenge, a xylophone-like structure and more – all of which can be played by hand or with soft mallets provided at the park.

HOLIDAY ISLAND

Holiday Island, located north of Eureka Springs and along Table Rock Lake, has a unique take on public art that underscores the city’s relaxing environment. As visitors drive through town, they’re greeted by a series of tree carvings of animals that are native to Arkansas.  

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The carvings started appearing on Holiday Island in 2013 after a bad storm came through and damaged many of the trees. Keeping in mind the town already held a designation as a “Tree City, USA” community, city leaders pondered a way to preserve some of the damaged trees while simultaneously enhancing the natural beauty.

In a novel idea, the Holiday Island Hospitality Association partnered with a local chainsaw wood carver to create the first work of art carved into a large tree trunk – an eagle standing sentry over the island. It can be seen just after crossing the bridge over the Leatherwood Creek tributary to Table Rock Lake as you enter town on Shields Drive. Carver Jason Morton’s work was so popular with residents and visitors that the Hospitality Association decided to add more!

Now visitors can find these unique carvings including a fox, two raccoons, a hawk and more throughout Holiday Island, on its golf courses and in residential areas surrounding the lake – all of which are easily viewed from public streets. Visitors are encouraged to drive around the community and visit all of them!

NWA’s public art hotspots are growing in size and number practically by the week. We invite you to check out these amazing works on foot, by bike or by car and pair the experience with local music, our dynamic downtowns or our parks, trails and green spaces. You won’t leave disappointed!

Falling for Fall: Autumn Must-Dos in Northwest Arkansas

With cooler temps and the vivid colors of the beautiful fall leaves, Northwest Arkansas is a vibrant destination in autumn – buzzing with plenty of things to do and see! From scenic drives and bountiful farmers’ markets, to community festivals and special events at a variety of regional destinations and attractions, check out our list of must-dos in NWA this season…

With the landscape painted in gold and red, fall colors in Northwest Arkansas are simply incredible! Keep tabs on the best places to see the colors as they reveal themselves with this Fall Foliage Update.

WHOA! SCENIC FALL FOLIAGE — With the landscape painted in gold and red, fall colors in Northwest Arkansas are simply incredible! Keep tabs on the best places to see the colors as they reveal themselves with this Fall Foliage Update.

Growing season doesn’t end when tomatoes do! Enjoy seasonal bounty at farmers markets throughout Northwest Arkansas, with many serving customers into November. www.vpointcommunications.com Fayetteville Springdale Rogers Downtown Rogers Bentonville Siloam Springs Eureka Springs Bella Vista Madison County/Huntsville Holiday Island

AUTUMN FARMERS MARKETS — Growing season doesn’t end when tomatoes do! Enjoy seasonal bounty at farmers markets throughout Northwest Arkansas, with many serving customers into November. Fayetteville Springdale Rogers Downtown Rogers Bentonville Siloam Springs Eureka Springs Bella Vista Madison County/Huntsville Holiday Island

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JAZZ EUREKA FESTIVAL — On Sept. 8-11, Eureka Springs is hopping each year with free music in downtown Basin Spring Park and big name jazz acts at other venues around town. jazzeureka.org

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PUMPKIN PATCHES AND CORN MAZES — Stock up for your Halloween jack o’ lanterns, wind through a corn maze, or take a tractor-pulled hayride! Farmland Adventures, Ozark Corn Maze, McGarrah Farms, Vanzant Fruit Farm, Dickey Farms

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BARKS & BREWS — On Sept. 24, everyone’s invited to the Barks & Brews Dog Show at the Rogers Farmers Market. Bring your furry friend or adopt one! mainstreetrogers.com

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SLAUGHTER PEN JAM MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL — On Sept. 30 thru Oct. 2 in Bentonville, check out the largest mountain bike festival and XC race in the state! Opening night on the downtown square features live music, food, stunt riders and vendors, followed by a weekend of races and activities including, archery, kids rides and the Sunday championship series. slaughterpenjam.com

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GLASS CHAPELS — Experience the vibrancy of fall colors from these Northwest Arkansas glass-enclosed chapels. Thorncrown Chapel, Mildred B. Cooper Chapel

Opening night at the Walmart AMP Pavilion with Blake Shelton on Saturday June 7, 2014 in Rogers, Arkansas

WALMART AMP — The Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers celebrates some of the biggest names in live entertainment this fall with the Goo Goo Dolls, The Lumineers, Korn, Styx and more!

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LINCOLN APPLE FESTIVAL — On Sept. 30 thru Oct. 2, this festival combines the down-home goodness of the fresh apple harvest with a glimpse into the past of what was once the Apple Capital of Arkansas. arapplefestival.org

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TERRA STUDIOS — This artsy wonderland southeast of Fayetteville is the home of the world famous Bluebird of Happiness. Terra Studios

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CHILE PEPPER CROSS COUNTRY — On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, more than 5,000 runners participate in this festival that brings together three Northwest Arkansas cross-country races under a single event. chilepepperfestival.org

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69TH OZARK FOLK FESTIVAL — On Oct. 12-15, celebrate America’s longest running folk festival in beautiful Eureka Springs! ozarkfolkfestival.com

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STANDING ROOM ONLY — It’s standing room only in Northwest Arkansas, at a variety of area theaters! Don’t miss Walton Arts Center’s 25th Anniversary Season and Grand Re-Opening in November! Walton Arts Center, TheatreSquared, Arkansas Public Theatre, Arts Center of the Ozarks

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EUREKA SPRINGS ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW — On Sept. 9-10, this 46th annual event brings hundreds of vintage, classic autos rolling through downtown Eureka to compete for prizes and trophies. eurekasprings.org

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A DAY AT THE MUSEUM — Take in everything from world-class art and military fighter planes, to presidential memorabilia, exploration for kids, and even the story of Sam Walton. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Clinton House Museum, Scott Family Amazeum, Arkansas Air and Military Museum, The Walmart Museum

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HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL — On Oct. 13-16, Railroad Earth and Deadhead Productions present Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival in Eureka Springs! This camping and music festival situated on 160 acres in the heart of the Ozarks will feature live music Thursday through Sunday. For tickets and more info, including a complete artist lineup, visit hillberryfestival.com.

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CEMETERY TOUR — On Oct. 20-29, just in time for Halloween, this cemetery walking tour features live actors in period costumes portraying early residents of Eureka Springs. Voices From a Silent City

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STATE PARKS AND LAKES — Find nature’s paradise with rich scenery and countless outdoor activities at area parks and lakes. Devil’s Den State Park, Withrow Springs State Park, Hobbs State Park Conservation Area, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Beaver Lake, Lake Wedington, Buffalo National River, Bella Vista Lakes, Table Rock Lake

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DISTINCTIVE DOWNTOWNS — Explore unique shops, exciting activities, delectable restaurants and more! Bella Vista, Bentonville, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Holiday Island, Huntsville, Rogers, Siloam Springs, Springdale

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ROGERS OKTOBEERFEST — On Oct. 22, eat, drink and be merry while celebrating all things German at this family friendly celebration! Oktobeerfest

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EUREKA SPRINGS FALL DIVERSITY WEEKEND — On Nov. 4-5, enjoy a weekend of celebrating diversity in the Ozarks! Show-stopping events add to the usual vivacious life and festivities around town. outineureka.com

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EUREKA SPRINGS FOOD & WINE WEEKEND — On Nov. 10-13, local restaurants will feature their chefs’ signature courses expertly paired with wine selections. eurekaspringsfoodandwine.com

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CHRIST OF THE OZARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY — Experience the epic tale of Jesus Christ’s last days on earth at The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs. While you are there, don’t miss the iconic, seven-story statute “Christ of the Ozarks” ­– celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

 

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Scenic Rides in Northwest Arkansas

Autumn in the Ozarks… From the seat of your car, the back of a motorcycle, or the passenger car of an excursion train, take in the rugged natural beauty of Northwest Arkansas on one of these great rides! 

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NWA’s Scenic Byways and Trails

Nearby scenic byways include the Pig Trail (Ark. Hwy. 23), Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway (Ark. Hwy. 21), Scenic 7 Byway, Scenic 71 Loop, and I-49 Scenic Byway. Others are Scenic Hwy. 12, U.S. 62, and Ark. Hwys. 123, 59, 43, and 74. Visit arkansas.com for more info.

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Top Motorcycle Rides

Eureka Springs is a hub for great motorcycle rides, as is Rogers, and Fayetteville is host to the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ motorcycle rally on Sept. 21-24. Our bike-friendly region has numerous routes worthy of a ride, including Ark. 21, the Pig Trail (Ark. Hwy. 23), Beaver Town Bridge (Ark. Hwy. 187), and more. Additional info at arkansas.com.

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Scenic Tours

Ride in style on the meticulously restored antique passenger cars, ranging from the 1920s to the 1950s, while conductors enhance the journey with anecdotes about the area’s rich history. The train travels to the top of the scenic Boston Mountains and into the historic Arkansas River Basin. Visit amrailroad.com for day-excursion ticketing options.

Fall Foliage Update

With the landscape painted in beautiful golds and reds, fall colors in Northwest Arkansas are simply incredible! Keep tabs on the best places to see the colors as they reveal themselves with this Arkansas Fall Foliage Update.

 

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Best Summer Ever: Summertime Must-Dos in Northwest Arkansas

Looking for ways for you and your family to have fun this summer? Search no further! This roundup of fun summertime activities, attractions and events will help you make every day in Northwest Arkansas extraordinary!

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Rogers Aquatic Center

When the warm, sunny days of summer come calling, Northwest Arkansas has plenty of splash zones to keep you cool! The Fountains at Lawrence Plaza in Bentonville, the Rogers Aquatic Center, The Jones Center in Springdale and The Family Aquatic Center in Siloam Springs, just to name a few!

Fore!

Tee off at award-winning golf courses across the region with Bermuda fairways and other scenic features such as rolling hills, surrounding hardwood forests and pristine streams. Courses in Bella Vista Village and Holiday Island, along with Stonebridge Meadows in Fayetteville, Prairie Creek Country Club in Rogers and The Creeks in Cave Springs are great places to start!

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Ozark Mountain Ziplines

Soar!

Northwest Arkansas has the high-flying excitement daredevils crave! The Skydive Skyranch in Siloam Springs has licensed parachute instructors to accompany you on tandem skydive adventures. Or, zip through the Ozark hardwood forest at Ozark Mountain Ziplines in Eureka Springs.

Bravo! Brava! Bravi! 

Opera in the Ozarks kicks off its 2016 Summer Season on June 17 and runs through July 15 with 22 fully staged and costumed performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Britten’s Albert Herring and a double bill of Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Featuring the talents of 75 singers and musicians from across the country, enjoy performances at beautiful Inspiration Point in Eureka Springs and Arend Arts Center in Bentonville!

Roar!

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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs to bond with exotic cats who’ve been rescued from across the nation. Meet with a curator, take a tour of the habitat areas, or stay overnight in an onsite safari lodge! Turpentine Creek is dedicated to caring for abandoned, abused and neglected tigers, lions, leopards and cougars.

The Great Outdoors!

Northwest Arkansas is an outdoor paradise in the summertime, with plenty of fun to be had at state and national parks, and area lakes and rivers. Click HERE to discover more!

 

Take it Off-Road!

Northwest Arkansas is the ultimate off-road/mountain biking destination with 200+ miles of trails for all tastes and terrain preferences – and the first freestyle jump park of its kind in this part of the country. Click HERE to learn more!

Indulge in Art!

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Art lovers rejoice! Northwest Arkansas’ art museums, galleries and art districts host the finest in local, regional and world-class art in nearly every medium imaginable. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 21c Museum Hotel, Fayetteville Underground, Windgate Visual Arts Galleries at JBUEureka Springs Downtown District and Arts Center of the Ozarks, to name a few.

 

Father’s Day: Hook, Line and Sinker!

Grab your fishing pole and take Dad to the Father’s Day Fishing Derby at War Eagle Mill east of Rogers on June 19. Prizes given for the biggest, smallest and ugliest fish, with a special Father’s Day lunch to follow at the Bean Palace Cafe!

Be Amazed!

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Scott Family Amazeum

Pay a hands-on visit to the Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville where you’ll engage in exploration, learning and more. The 50,000 square feet of exhibit and learning spaces includes a Tinkering Hub, a climbable tree canopy, a water area and exploratory wet lab, and an outdoor playscape. Fun for all ages!

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Get ready for authentic rodeo action at the 72nd Annual Rodeo of the Ozarks in Springdale on June 22-25. With more than 500 of the best cowboys and rough stock, Rodeo of the Ozarks is one of the top outdoor rodeos in the nation!

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Home Run!

Take the gang out to Arvest Ballpark in Springdale to see the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in prime home-turf action. The Naturals are the AA minor league affiliate for the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals!

 

Bang! Bang!

Start summer off with a bang as more than 400 youth compete at the Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match on July 1-4 in Rogers. Contestants compete with a muzzle-loaded, single shot BB gun named the Daisy AVANTI Champion Model 499 in four positions. Also, see where it all started at the Daisy Airgun Museum!

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Farm Fresh!

Take advantage of Northwest Arkansas’ booming farmers market scene flush with bountiful summer harvests, local arts and crafts, and community activities for the whole family. Check out these markets: Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, Holiday Island, Siloam Springs, Eureka Springs, Bella Vista and Huntsville.

 

 

Spelunk!

Discover the underground wonders of the Arkansas Ozarks on a guided tour of the beautiful War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake east of Rogers where there’s also gem panning, the “Lost in the Woods” maze, a trading post, nature paths and more. Or, take a walking tour at Cosmic Cavern in Berryville near Eureka Springs, one of the state’s most beautiful natural attractions with a nine-foot soda straw formation and two bottomless lakes.

Get Festive!

It’s a festival frenzy this summer in Northwest Arkansas with community celebrations of nearly every kind, in every city, most every weekend! Click HERE to learn more!

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Cheers!

Raise your glass at the 16th Annual Art of Wine Festival on June 9-11 at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. With three days of epic events for wine novices and connoisseurs alike, and with hundreds of wines on hand, you’ll discover new vintages and sample cuisine from the area’s finest restaurants.

Bounce to the Beat!

The Walmart AMP kicks off its 2016 summer concert series with big names in music like Miranda Lambert, Meghan Trainor, Sammy Hagar, Widespread Panic and more! Click HERE for details.

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Bloom!

The region’s fabulous heritage and display gardens exemplify the natural and historic beauty of the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks. They are truly a sight to behold! Click HERE for more info!

Discover!

Take journey through the past at Northwest Arkansas’ history museums – from Native American artifacts and aviation history, to Ozarks pioneers, healing springs and the railroad. The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale, Museum of Native American History in Bentonville, Rogers Historical Museum, Arkansas Air and Military Museum in Fayetteville and the Eureka Springs Museum to name a few.

 

Outdoor Drama!

Experience the epic drama of Jesus Christ’s last days on earth at The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs. Recognized as America’s #1 Attended Outdoor Drama, The Passion Play is a voyage through time you won’t forget!

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